Giro 2022 – Koen Bouwman (Jumbo-Visma) responded to the 7th stage and finished the beautiful work of Tom Dumoulin

The Jumbo-Visma team regains its smile. Three days after disillusioning the slopes of Mount Etna, Tom Dumoulin turned into a model teammate to allow Koen Bouwman, also a member of the breakaway of the day, to prevail in Potenza after a 7th step average mountains. The Dutchman was ahead in a four-way sprint by Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), Davide Formolo (UAE Emirates) and therefore Dumoulin, happy to have participated in the first victory of his team on this Giro which had a bad start for them. The favorites remained wise despite this Friday’s hearty menu. Arriving three minutes late in a small platoon, Juan Pedro Lopez (Trek-Segafredo) keeps the pink jersey.

The awakening of the Jumbo-Visma, the breaks, the strongest Bouwman: the summary of the 7th stage

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The awakening of the Jumbo-Visma, the breaks, the strongest Bouwman: the summary of the 7th stage

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There have been many fighters who have checked this appointment. During a peaceful sprint stage, this day in the Apennines du Sud was clearly defined with 196 kilometers and 4,500 m level. It is no surprise, then, that the battle for the constitution of the breakaway has been long, vigorous, and animated by figures such as Mathieu van der Poel, who has been attacked many times but never found the opening. . The Fugitive War only came to an end after two hours of racing, halfway up the endless Monte Sirino (1st category, 32km at 3.9%), when a group of seven strongmen formed.

An “Orange” Escape

After revenge after Mount Etna, Dumoulin was in the party, accompanied by his teammate Bouwman, the man best placed in the general (+5 “30 ”), but also by two other Dutchmen, Mollema, the teamman in the pink jersey. and Wout Poels (Bahrain-Victorious), two Italians and a Colombian completed this breakaway: Formolo, Davide Villella (Cofidis) and Diego Camargo (EF).

Villella and Poels showed their weakness in the most painful climb of the day, Monte Grande di Viggiano (6.1 km to 9.6%). An ascent that did not inspire the cadores, who stayed warm in the peloton. In the Sellata (9.1km at 5.1%), the last difficulty listed, Camargo surrendered his weapons, leaving Dumoulin, Mollema, Bouwman and Formolo to explain their victory.

Dumoulin sacrifices himself for Bouwman

In turn, each of the quartet members tried their luck. Victim of Mollema’s bumps, Dumoulin exploded in the climb leading to the intermediate sprint of Potenza Centro, 8km from the goal. But he returned to courage, under the arch of the last three miles. As a model teammate, he then sacrificed himself to allow Bouwman to compete in a sprint for which, rightly, he seemed the favorite. Bouwman took only one bite of Mollema and Formolo in the last 300 meters at 8% and, at the age of 28, won the 2nd victory of his career, five after a Dauphiné stage. A first victory for Jumbo-Visma on Giro. And a nice reward for the enormous work of Dumoulin, who found the smile three days after he persevered in his ambitions to the general.

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The favorites did not move

A big brawl between cadores was expected. It did not take place. If Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) took advantage of the chaos at the start of the race to be in the lead group for a short time, no real large-scale attack took place despite a good playing field. Juan Pedro Lopez, who contributed to his team to keep the escape with less than six minutes, retains his pink jersey and his 38 ” d’avance sur Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe). If Bouwman rises to 16th place at 2’19 ”from the Spaniard, the top 15 remains unchanged. We will probably have to wait until Sunday, and the arrival at the Blockhaus, to see him upset.

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